The seven-member Hello! Project idol group Berryz Koubou made their American performance debut at Sakura-Con 2011 for an audience of 3500 fans. Fans traveled from all over the world including multiple parts of the USA, plus Canada, France, Mexico, and Japan to support the pop vocal group who is celebrating their 7th year together.
Berryz Koubou members kept busy during the April 22-24 weekend, appearing at the event’s opening and closing ceremonies, participating in a live audience Q&A and two separate 60-minute sessions where they accepted gifts from fans and signed autographs for Sakura-Con attendees.
At the HelloStoreUSA booth, Berryz Koubou usigned a 6-foot banner and 7 hand-written messages in support of their USA CD release and American-based merchandise store. Group Captain Saki Shimuzu appeared at the booth on Sunday April 24 to announce the raffle winners and to personally inscribe the winner’s name on the vinyl banner.
The highlight of the weekend for Berryz Koubou fans was Saturday night’s hour-long live concert which featured songs spanning their entire career. Fans waited in line for hours before the concert and participated with the performers during the show with high-energy chants, shouts, and choreography.
Sakura-Con attendees contributed over $1887 to Japan Relief at the Berryz Koubou booth during the three-day event. In addition, Berryz Koubou members donated wristbands and autographed posters to Sakura-Con’s annual charity fund-raising auction, raising an additional $850.
Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu
Heroine ni Narou ka
Piriri to Yukou
Happiness -Koufuku Kangei-
Tsukiatteru no Kataomoi
Otakebi Boy WAO!
(Encore) All For One and One For All
Berryz Koubou has performed over 100 concerts in Japan, including 2 sold-out concerts at the Saitama Super Arena. They have won music awards in Korea and Japan, and their singles have ranked in the Oricon Top 10 singles chart.
Berryz Koubou made their first USA performance at Sakura-Con 2011 on April 23, 2011. They also released their first USA CD “7 Berryz Times” that weekend with the JapanFiles label.
Berryz Koubou members are:
Saki Shimizu (Captain)
Berryz Koubou on JapanFiles
Supporting Japanese artists since 2004, JapanFiles specializes in digital sales, merchandise, events, and media promotion for indie and major Japanese music artists. Music downloads at the JapanFiles Digital Music Store are DRM-free and only 99 cents each.
JapanFiles has sponsored Japanese artist appearances at Sakura-Con, Anime Boston, A-Kon, FanimeCon, Tekkoshocon, Anime Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Media Expo, Anime Vegas, Animex (Mexico), SXSW, Slim’s (San Francisco), and Knitting Factory (New York City).
JapanFiles has produced over 20 USA CD releases for Japanese artists, including HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR, exist†trace, girugamesh, Onmyo-za, LM.C, Morning Musume, Hangry & Angry, Berryz Kobo, ketchup mania, Swinging Popsicle, LiN CLOVER, Budo Grape, BESPA KUMAMERO, and three volumes of the “Fresh Cuts from Japan” compilation series.
JapanFiles is a division of Japanese education website YesJapan.com.